I for one didn’t know what Halloween was truly about until I did some major research for these blog posts. They never taught this in school so how are we meant to know what we are actually celebrating. I want to know down below in the comments if you knew about the origins of Halloween or whether like me you didn’t have a clue. But hey round two of Halloween History with Soph.
Trick or Treat
Trick or treating is a weird aspect of Halloween, I’ve never quite got it. However, I do want to know where its come from. I talked about the origins of trick or treating in my first post which you can find here … Lets get on to my thoughts on trick or treating.
The traditional Halloween that I know is children going round with their parents dressed up as the scariest character they could possibly be and begging for sweets. I never went trick or treating as a child, I only went twice when I reached the age of 15/16. However, I do remember going to Halloween parties and enjoying a good old game of apple bobbing. I remember once getting ready for a Halloween party and I heard knocking on the door. I hid. Not because I’m a horrible person and didn’t like giving out sweets but I had run out of sweets. I wasn’t about to become Rachel off Friends and start giving out cheques. So, Soph thought the best thing to do was hide and turn off all the lights. I’m a real brainiac, can’t you tell.
Carving pumpkins was never a traditional Halloween part of celebrating, the Americans brought it in to play. However, the tradition from the Celts was that they carved vegetables such as turnips or swede to light up the way to their homes for the good spirits to arrive. These carved vegetables were eventually called Jack O’Lanterns by the Irish, who told a legend about a farmer. The legend was that the farmer made a deal with the devil that left him wandering the earth for all time. Pumpkins was just the fruit that the Americans thought was the best for carving good old Jack in to.
Carving pumpkins is never something that I did as a child either, did I miss out? To be honest it doesn’t really excite me. Now don’t get me wrong I love seeing all the creative ideas that people carve in to their pumpkins, but frankly I’m crap at it. I’ll buy a pumpkin and use it as a decoration or a prop, but I for one will definitely be letting someone else do the carving.
As always thanks for reading, see you on Friday to find out what I’m truly scared of.
Sophie Joan ox